Make War on your own self-pity and temptation to sulk

“Make War on your urge to sulk” by John Piper

One of the reasons John Piper is such a blessing to me (and to so many) is that he is so honest and real about his own sinful tendencies; and also probably for me, these characteristics describe my sinful personality also. This is a good message for all who struggle with self-pity and sulking, introverted kinds of selfishness.

This quote is really good on how the gospel brings the power of God into our sanctification, because justification is first and the ground and basis, and we work out our sanctification from the foundation of our justification by faith alone in Christ alone.

“Now, Charles Wesley taught us to sing, “He breaks the power of canceled sin.” When he did, he was teaching the fundamental truth about how the cross of Christ relates to our battle with our own sin.

The cross cancels sins by faith for all who believe in Jesus. Then on the basis of that cancellation of our sins, the power of our actual sinning is broken. It’s not the other way around. There would be no gospel and no music if we tried to sing, “He cancels the guilt of our conquered sins.” That’s not gospel. First the cancellation, then the conquering, which means that the link between the cross and my conquered sin is a Holy Spirit–empowered willing. It works a willing in me.” John Piper

This reminds me of Romans 6:6-7 and 6:11-14 – the sanctification part of our lives that we can fight against sin, is only because we were first set free from the slavery to sin, verse 7= “for he who has died is justified from sin.” Most times it is translated “freed”, but the word is “justified”. ( δεδικαιωται – from δικαιοω – “to justify”, “to declare righteous”, “to declare not guilty”. This truth points back to the foundation of chapters 1-5 about sin (chapters 1-3) and justification by faith alone (chapters 4-5). Chapters 6-8 then show us how sanctification is possible by the foundation of justification.


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About Ken Temple

I am a follower of Jesus Christ. I am a sinner who has been saved by the grace of God alone (Ephesians 2:8-9), through faith alone (Galatians 2:16; Romans 3:28; 4:1-16), in Christ alone (John 14:6). But a true faith does not stay alone, it should result in change, fruit, good works, and deeper levels of repentance and hatred of my own sins of selfishness and pride. I am not better than you! I still make mistakes and sin, but the Lord is working on me, conforming me to His character. (Romans 8:28-29; 2 Corinthians 3:16-18) When I do sin, I hate the sin as it is an affront to God, and seek His forgiveness in repentance. (Mark 1:15; 2 Corinthians 7:7-10; Colossians 3:5-16 ) Praise God for His love for sinners (Romans 5:8), shown by the voluntary coming of Christ and His freely laying down His life for us (John 10:18), becoming flesh/human (John 1:1-5; 1:14; Philippians 2:5-8), dying for sins of people from all nations, tribes, and cultures (Revelation 5:9), on the cross, in history, rising from the dead (Romans 10:9-10; Matthew 28, Mark 16:1-8; Luke 24; John 20-21; 1 Corinthians chapter 15). His resurrection from the dead proved that Jesus is the Messiah, the eternal Son of God, the word of God from eternity past; and that He was all the gospels say He was and that He is truth and the life and the way to salvation. (John 14:6)
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1 Response to Make War on your own self-pity and temptation to sulk

  1. Walter says:

    Ah yes he is…

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